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Ladybird Early Learning Centre Al Barsha Review

Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Al Barsha will be the third early years educational setting operated by this long-established group, joining the nurseries in Jumeirah and Jumeirah Village Triangle when it opens in 2021.
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Ladybird Early Learning Centre Al Barsha

Ladybird Early Learning Centre Al Barsha Review

School type
International
School phase
Nursery
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Status
Planned
School year
Sep to Jul
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Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Al Barsha will be the third early years educational setting operated by this long-established group, joining the nurseries in Jumeirah and Jumeirah Village Triangle when it opens in 2021.

The story so far…

Founded 25 years ago, Ladybird has established itself as one of Dubai’s best known British curriculum nursery groups for children aged between 6 months and four years. The original nursery, located in Jumeirah 1, opened in 1996, and was followed by a purpose-built, LEED Gold certified branch in Jumeirah Village Circle in 2016.

The group has now announced the launch of a new Early Learning Centre located in Al Barsha which has received academic plan approval from the Ministry of Education and is set to open in 2021.  The new ELC will be located within close proximity of several schools including the American School of Dubai, GEMS Dubai American Academy and Dubai International Academy Al Barsha. The centre is a joint project with the Knowledge Fund of Dubai.

Although no detailed information or website is yet available for the newly announced Early Learning Centre, it is expected to reflect the goals of the existing two facilities.

According to the shared website of the Jumeirah and JVC units, the vision of Ladybird Nursery is 'to create early childhood learning experiences that prepare children for success in school and build a solid foundation and passion for lifelong learning. To implement the Early Years Foundation Stage standards for learning, development and care in a Montessori environment.'

The Mission statement is '

  • At Ladybird Nursery we are actively engaged in the pursuit of excellence. It is our purpose to provide care and education of the highest quality that will enable all of our children to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
  • We strive to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment for young children, where best practice is paramount.
  • Under the guidance of our fully qualified and experienced teachers we aim to provide for all the physical, emotional, social and educational needs of children from 12 months to 4 years. Our curriculum is age appropriate and diverse including languages, music and movement, technology and expressive arts and design.
  • We welcome and value parents and strive to create excellent communication links to ensure continuity for the children between the home and nursery.

What about the curriculum?

Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Al Barsha will follow the English National Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in a Montessori setting, and aims to provide an enriching and well-balanced programme of activities covering learning areas such as personal, social, emotional and creative development, communication, language, literacy, problem-solving, reasoning and numeracy.

What about the facilities?

The Early Learning Centre is aiming to meet the highest environmental and energy standards set by the US Green Building Council. The campus will be spread over 64,000 square feet and will have social distancing and COVID-19 protocols in place in accordance with UAE’s Ministry of Education protocols with, initially, a maximum of 97 children enrolled, although the eventual capacity will be 195 children. It is expected to be one of the largest pre-school settings globally.


Ladybird Al Barsha classroom image

Admissions information

No separate website is as yet available, but for parents interested in finding out more, details of the Ladybird Group website and contacts can be found here.

As a result of the relationship between the founders of the Ladybird group and Arcadia School in JVC, Ladybird children are given preferential admission into the school and are able to undertake the school’s assessment in the comfort of the nursery environment and without charge.

What about fees?

Fees for the new ELC have not yet been released. However, those of the JVC Early Learning Centre for children attending 5 days per week from 8am to 5pm are currently AED 12,600 for the first term, and AED 16,800 each for terms 2 and 3.  Options for 3 and 4 day attendance and for a range of shorter hours are also available. 

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